Tagged: Language

English, language of the Vikings?

New evidence points to the conclusion that modern English is descended from Norse M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Two seasoned linguistic researchers, one Norwegian and one American, recently teamed up at the University of...

Norwegian words in translation: klister

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In English, klister is a loanword from Norwegian that first appeared in 1936, in English writer Brian Lunn’s “Complete Book of Skiing,” a translation from the original German edition...

Tomato, tomat, tómatar

Emily C. Skaftun Norwegian American Weekly This column isn’t going to be an update about NAW’s status and future. Sorry! I know that’s what you want, but for now we are carrying on as...

Norwegian loanwords: ombudsman

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Ombudsman is a loanword from the Scandinavian languages, in which it is one of the oldest designations of an official position, spelled umboðsmanðr in Old Norse. It first appeared...

Norwegian words in translation: pålegg

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Pålegg is a versatile word in Norwegian. Literally it translates to “in addition to.” Its concise administrative and legal usages have exact equivalents in English, including decrees and injunctions,...

Language: the key that opens doors

Ross “Odin” Dybvig Bemidji, Minn. When I tell people that I can speak Norwegian, often I get responses like: “Why would you learn that language,” or “What good will that do you in today’s...

How to tag a Norwegian: on names

While many signs of Norwegian heritage may be on decline, our surnames remain Nancy L. Coleman & Olav Veka Brumunddal, Norway Norwegians who travel to the United States are usually well aware that between...

Is English a Scandinavian language?

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway As readers of this newspaper know, modern English descends from Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, a West Germanic language that the Angles and Saxons brought in when they settled the...